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Web watch: Robot helps create jobs

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Some people fear more robots will mean less work for humans, but some factory owners say their presence is bringing jobs back to the United States. 

One of those robot examples is Baxter. He is a robot that works at a Pennsylvania manufacturer called Rodon Group. Baxter is best at redundant work. He is considered non-threatening from a jobs perspective because he can work with people and even communicate with them. He has six facial expressions. One expression is raising his eyebrows when something is not right on the assembly line.

Baxter works 24-hours a day seven days a week without breaks and bonuses. He cost roughly $22,000 to create and costs about $3 a day to operate.

Factory owners say this pairing of people and robots is actually returning jobs from China to the U.S. Rodon Group has added a floor to the factory and hopes to break ground across the street soon.

Some experts estimate the U.S. could gain another $3 million-$5 million manufacturing jobs by the end of the decade.

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